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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Avon Town Manager Search Narrows to Three Candidates


For Immediate Release | March 7, 2019

Avon Town Manager Search Narrows to Three Candidates

Avon, CO – The Avon Town Council is pleased to announce three town manager candidates as Finalists, including:

  • Steve Barwick, previously City Manager for Aspen, Colorado
  • Eric Heil, currently Town Attorney for Town of Avon, and
  • Rachel Oys, currently General Manager for Cordillera Metro District and Property Owners Association, Edwards, Colorado

Community members are invited to meet the three Finalists on Thursday, March 14th at a meet-and-greet reception at Avon Town Hall, 100 Mikaela Way, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Interviews by invited community stakeholders will follow on Friday, March 15th. Mayor Sarah Smith-Hymes said “The Council is committed to a thorough and diligent selection process. We want to ensure an appropriate and professional fit with the Avon community.”

The Town Manager recruitment process was restarted in January, 2019. This search began with a field of almost 40 candidates, which has been methodically refined and vetted to arrive at the three Finalists.  Lance J. Richards, Avon’s Human Resources Director, said “We’re all very proud of how well this process has unfolded. We were able to work through many qualified candidates to identify those with the appropriate mix of local government and mountain community experience. I’m looking forward to involvement of Town staff, our residents, and stakeholders in the Finalist evaluations.” 

Deputy Town Manager Preston Neill has been serving as acting town manager since January 1st during the interim. Mayor Smith-Hymes said that Neill and his team have been doing a tremendous job in managing the town's day-to-day operations, which has enabled the Council to take the time it needs to select the next manager.

For further information, please contact Liz Wood, Communications Manager at 970-748-4087 or Lance J. Richards, Human Resources Director, at 970-748-4005.

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